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Jeremiah Society Hopes to Make Crowd Roar

by Andrea Adelson

April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

Music and animal motifs from "The Lion King" will provide thematic structure for the April 18 talent show by members of the Jeremiah Society, a group serving Orange County's developmentally disabled Jewish adults.

"The talent show uncovers hidden talent among our handicapped adults," said the group's founder, Rose Lacher, of Orange, whose daughter, Amy, 55, is a member.

The show demonstrates that the society's members "are not people who are mentally ill, drug users or stupid," Lacher said. "But rather that they are spirited, funny, intelligent, lovable, compassionate people whose lives are enriched by the innovative and imaginative programs scheduled monthly."

Among the 20 performers are several soloists. Directing the show are Jeremiah teachers Lisa Cohen, Bobbi Adler and Gail Smith. Following the show is a fundraising auction to benefit the Jeremiah House, a facility still in the planning stages and intended to accommodate members. Last-minute donations are still welcome, Lacher said.

The Jeremiah troupe will briefly go on the road with a second performance April 25 at Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom.

The public is invited to attend the 1:30 p.m. show at the Jewish Community Center, 250 E. Baker St., Costa Mesa. For information, contact Rose Lacher at (714) 997-8193.

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